How Can I Access Multiple Blink Systems from One Account?

When you experience the security and convenience Blink products offer, you may want to grow your network of cameras at one, or multiple locations. Up to ten devices can connect to a single Sync Module. To add more than ten devices, or to add devices at a different location, more than one Sync Module is required. You manage all of your Sync Modules with their attached devices from a single account using the Blink App.

To jump directly to the setup instructions, click here.

Each Blink system is made up of a Sync Module and the devices connected to it. You create new systems and add Sync Modules from the Blink App. Then you associate cameras and devices to the new Sync Module.

Blink storage space is offered to your account as a whole. The total is calculated per Sync Module, up to five. After the fifth Sync Module is added to your account, no additional storage is provided to your account, but the system works as normal.

For example:

System size Total account storage
1 Sync Module 7,200 seconds
2 Sync Modules 14,400 seconds
5 Sync Modules 36,000 seconds
6+ Sync Modules 36,000 seconds


Having multiple systems can be useful in a number of situations.

  • When you wish to monitor more than one property.
  • If you want to have one group of cameras operate on a schedule that is different from another group of cameras.
  • To prolong camera battery life by reducing the physical distance data is transmitted to reach the network.
  • To monitor an entrance or driveway that is out of range for your primary wireless router.
  • To segment the cameras into groups that suit your needs better.

You can increase coverage by adding to an existing system, rather than starting a new one. The Blink XT2 camera is designed to recognize networks with wireless extenders, while indoor cameras and XT cameras must connect to the exact same network name (SSID) that the Sync Module is connected to.

Consider the following drawing of a residential plan view to understand better.

On the left hand side, a home Wi-Fi network named "myWiFi" has a single wireless router with coverage shown in blue. Seven outdoor and three indoor cameras are part of this system, for a total of ten devices associated to one Sync Module. Three devices monitor an outbuilding at the edge of the wireless coverage. This scenario will function properly, but the batteries of the cameras in the outbuilding might drain faster than those in the home because they must transmit farther to reach the wireless router. Notice also that the wireless router is placed to reach the outbuilding, but leaving some of the other cameras potentially out of range.

WiFi and system diagram

On the right side of the image, three types of networks and systems are shown.

  1. A wireless router is in the main structure.
  2. A wireless network extender is in the outbuilding.
  3. A network extender in "repeater" mode is placed at the driveway entrance.

A wireless network extender is meant to make your wireless network have more coverage, either for distance or improved signal strength. There is a wide variety of extenders on the market. Often an extender will be set up to to share the primary network, and will automatically self-assign a network name that is close to the original. In this example, the SSID "myWiFi-ext" is used. Other extenders can be set up in a mode that repeats the main network at a new location.

A Blink XT2 camera is able to join the network "myWiFi-ext" even though the Sync Module is attached to "myWiFi". This is portrayed on the upper right side of the image above. The outbuilding wireless router connects to three XT2 cameras, for a total of ten devices attached to a single Sync Module.

The Blink XT and Blink Indoor cameras must connect to the same network SSID that the Sync Module is on. In the image, this is portrayed in the lower right side. In this example, we have a second Sync Module attached to an Indoor camera and two XT cameras. To connect to the wireless router, an extender is added to the network in repeater mode so that it broadcasts the same SSID as the main system.

The low frequency radio (LFR) in a Sync Module has excellent range, but it only sends commands to the camera unit. Blink cameras and other Blink devices must be connected to the wireless internet network in addition to the Sync Module. Ensure that all devices have at least three 'bars' of connectivity when viewed in the Blink App. The Sync Module connectivity icon does not indicate internet access for the camera.

 

Add a system and Sync Module

INSTRUCTIONS

1. On the home screen, tap the Add Device + icon.

Add Device icon on the Blink app upper right corner


2. The Add Device screen displays three options.

  • Blink wireless camera system - A system contains a Sync Module and XT, XT2, or Indoor camera. Start here if you have these cameras.

  • Blink wireless camera - This option adds an XT, XT2, or Indoor camera after you have added a Sync Module.

  • Mini camera - The Mini does not require a Sync Module to create its own system, but Mini can join another system for benefits like shared scheduling.

add camera and device screen of Blink app


3. After you choose Blink wireless system, the next screen opens your device camera to capture the QR code of the Sync Module.

You may need to give permissions for the Blink app to access your camera. Tap OK to scan the QR code, or you can deny access and enter the serial number manually.

camera access popup to use QR code


To learn where the QR code and Serial Number are, tap your product image at the bottom of the Scan QR Code screen.

capture QR code screen showing camera view


4. Create a new system by tapping the text entry box and providing a name.
    Tap Done to move on.

Select or create a System


5. The Ready Sync Module screen will instruct you to plug in your Sync Module and then wait for the light pattern of blinking blue and steady green.
When ready, tap Discover Device.

Ready Sync Module light pattern blinking blue over steady green


6. Join the Blink app to the Sync Module's Wi-Fi network named “BLINK-" followed by four digits from the Sync Module Serial Number.

join Blink network app dialog


7. Select the network you use to connect to the internet and tap Join.
The Add Sync Module screen displays 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks within range of the Sync Module. The Sync Module stores network settings for devices that are added to its system and uses the internet to communicate with the Blink servers.

add sync module to Wi-Fi internet


8. Enter your Wi-Fi internet network password.

add Wi-Fi internet network password


When setup is complete, you are notified on the screen.

9. Tap Done to complete the install process and view the Blink app Home screen where you can then add a camera.

Adding sync module steps complete


The system name now appears at the top of the Home screen.
Tap plus + to add a device.

home screen after system complete


After multiple systems are added to a single account, you can navigate between them by tapping on the system name at the top of the home screen.

  

More detailed instructions for this process can be found here.

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